Global tender planned for buses

NEW DELHI: The transport department has decided to procure more buses and has identified land to develop depots for cluster buses. Sources said that the transport department invited expression of interest (EOI) at a global level to provide CNG and electric buses in different capacities.

Based on this EOI, procurement of buses will be done for arterial roads and feeder buses for smaller roads.

The department, along with DIMTS, has finalised sites for cluster bus depots at Karkari Nahar and Rewla Khanpur which will be developed by DTTDC, Dichaon Kalan and Dwarka which will be developed by DIMTS and 19 acres at Rani Khera which will developed by DSIIDC. These will be constructed and made operational by March 2016.

DTC is also in the process of procuring 1,000 buses under the cluster scheme for which depot space will be provided by DTC itself. It has also given a work order for automatic fare collection system. A pilot is already in process and by March 31, 2016, a pilot will be carried out in 200 buses.

To improve safety in public transport, a trial run of Wi-Fi and CCTV cameras in buses will be carried out by December. So far, 1,300 marshals from home guard are on duty in the evening shift in DTC buses. As a new initiative, 200 private guards will be deployed in the next two months. The government will also re-launch Poochho App for autos and taxis.

Sources said that a pollution drive has been started under which 693 pollution checking centres have been connected through an online server which will update PUC certification issuance on real time basis. In the next three months, cameras will also be installed at few locations on pilot basis to identify vehicles which have not obtained PUC certificates.

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